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Drapers Top 100 2016 – 54. Neil Clifford, chief executive, Kurt Geiger

Neil Clifford

Neil Clifford

Neil Clifford

Neil Clifford led the much-anticipated sale of premium footwear retailer Kurt Geiger to European private equity group Cinven last December – its third owner in four years – and since then the retailer has been relatively quiet.

Its most recent results show Kurt Geiger doubled its EBITDA for the year to 31 December 2015, to £20.4m, while turnover was up 10% year on year to £281.6m.

The business appears to be on sound footing, having more than 70 stores in the UK and overseas, and more than 170 concessions in department stores around the world. It also opened its first outlet store at NEC Resorts World Birmingham in July.

Clifford backed the campaign to remain in the European Union, signing an open letter along with Jacqueline Gold (number 88), Christopher Bailey (3) and Asda CEO Andy Clarke.

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